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in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $23,887 - $29,995
Original MSRP: $42,850 - $59,000
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2010 Infiniti FX Interior

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The 2010 Infiniti FX's interior is luxurious and packed with innovative features. "FX's interior exudes the feel of understated luxury with its top-notch materials and near-seamless fits," writes Consumer Guide. "The cabin is filled with leather surfaces and lined with wood and metal trim that impart an upscale, classy feel." However, the FX lacks utility in the rear seat and cargo area, which means it may not be the best family vehicle.

  • "Up front, a cockpit type setup is laden with high-quality materials and rich wood trim. Gauges and centralized controls are refined and sophisticated." -- Motor Week
  • "The interior was the opposite of the mixed opinions on outside style as virtually every observer approved." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The interior has received a marked upgrade with quilted leather on its comfortable, supportive front buckets, along with an increased use of aluminum and rich maple wood trim. Other eye-catching details include aluminum foot pedals and a large, 7-in. information/nav screen atop the center stack." -- Road and Track
  • "The cabin envelops its occupants in luxury without being ostentatious. Leather seats are standard on all models." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Seating

Test drivers find the 2010 FX's front seats comfortable, but opinions are mixed on the back seat, which some critics consider cramped. For a more spacious rear seat, consider the Cadillac SRX or Lexus RX 350.

  • "The FX provides supportive seats, wide door panels and a well-cushioned center console, allowing occupants to nestle into a comfortable position, primed for long-distance cruising." -- MSN
  • "Plush, bolstered seats are comfortable and supportive. FX50's seats add length for thigh support and more comfort controls. Plenty of headroom and legroom for the average-sized driver." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Rear-seat legroom is decent, and the seatbacks recline, but entry and exit are hampered by the small opening of the door down near the feet." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 60/40 rear-bench seat makes room for three, but head and leg room are not in abundance, despite this year's longer wheelbase." -- Motor Week

Interior Features

The FX is king in the features department, offering more optional gadgets than most SUVs. However, the sheer number of sophisticated systems can make the dashboard controls a bit intimidating. Standard features include a full leather interior, dual-zone automatic climate control, XM Satellite Radio, a Bose audio system, a six-CD changer and a rear view monitor. A 9.3-Gigabyte Music Box hard drive and Infiniti's Hard Drive Navigation System are standard on the FX50, optional on the FX35.

For families with children, Infiniti offers a Mobile Entertainment System with a DVD player and ceiling-mounted, flip-down nine-inch color screen.

  • "While BMW strives for a minimum of switches (relegating owner confusion to submenus within the iDrive system), Infiniti flaunts its tech systems with enough buttons and abbreviations to make an Airbus A380 pilot feel right at home. Down by the driver's left knee is a panel of five buttons bearing the abbreviations AFS, FCW, IBA, LDW, DCA and VDC." -- The New York Times
  • "The navigation system features are probably the most sophisticated we've seen to date. The unit's details and 3D graphics make it almost impossible to stray away from your course. Especially when exiting a highway, as it shows the colored exit path and the exit number or letter." -- AutoTrader

Cargo

The 2010 Infiniti FX provides 24.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with all seats in use and 62.0 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, which is not enough for most reviewers. If you're looking for an SUV with more utility, the Acura MDX boasts 83.5 cubic feet of room with its second and third rows folded down. Storage spaces in the FX include a front armrest with dual-level storage compartment and dual front/rear cupholders.

  • "The specs say cargo space behind the rear seats has dropped two cubic feet from that of the old FX, but the area underneath the cargo cover looks bigger to our eyes. Our practical-cargo-room test backs that perception: The new FX holds two more beer cases with the rear seats up than before and four more with the seats folded." -- Car and Driver
  • "It isn't a big trunk and we found it didn't fit a pair of big roller suitcases under the cover. Lift-over height is a relatively high 31 inches, meaning you'll have to lift your cargo high to load it in back." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Small item storage is just average and includes a deep glovebox, smallish door pockets, two-tiered center bin, and a small bin in rear passenger's armrest." -- Consumer Guide
  • "That cargo is large enough to be useful but you have to fold the back seat to carry genuinely large items." -- Kansas City Star

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